I am Rodney Parker from Wilson, NC and serve as the Director of ALANA Services. I obtained my BS in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University (Go Wolfpack!). Later, I received my Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees from Duke University (Go Blue Devils!). I came to Loyola more than eight years ago and worked with the dynamic Center for Community Service and Justice staff. After the first two and a half years at Loyola, I joined the ALANA team in the Spring 2005. My job responsibilities include providing leadership for the ALANA team. I am currently working on my doctoral degree in Pastoral Counseling. In my spare time, I like to read, hang out with friends, and listen to all types of music.
I, Kimberly Turner, hail from Sterling, VA. I joined the ALANA team as Associate Director in August of 2008. I previously was at James Madison University where I served as the Assistant Director of the Center for Multicultural Student Services for three years. James Madison is my alma mater as I received my B.S. in Psychology and Masters in College Student Personnel Administration in 2000 & 2004 respectively. (Yes, I'm a double Duke!) As a part of the ALANA team, I am responsible for the newly established academic retention initiatives, oversight of programming & leadership development, and support the Director with strategic planning and implementation for the office. When not at work, I enjoy playing soccer, basketball, reading, listening to music, and spending time with my family, especially my nieces.
I, Cristina Caridad Garcia, was born and raised in Yonkers, New York and joined the ALANA team as the Assistant Director in July of 2011. Before coming to Loyola, I was at Davidson College for one and a half years where I served as the Diversity Program Advisor and Area Coordinator. I obtained my B.A. in English at Siena College near Albany NY in 2007 and my Masters in College & Agency Counseling at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh in 2009. My responsibilities within the ALANA team include the oversight of programming, leadership development and student organizations, as well as supervision of our Graduate Assistants and support to the Associate Director and Director with the daily operations of the office. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my two dogs (Shadow and Jack), as well as playing tennis, swimming, spinning, listening to music, cooking, exploring my "new" surroundings and most of all spending time with my family, especially my God-daughter.
I, Tiffany R. Arrington, am a native Baltimorean. I am and will forever be a beloved Western High School “dove.” I received my Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Legal Studies from Towson University. Prior to joining the ALANA team, I worked as an Administrative Assistant in the Human Capital department for Baltimore City Public Schools, as well as a litigation support company in Washington, D.C. My responsibilities as the Administrative Assistant with ALANA Services include providing secretarial support to the Director, office management duties, and assisting with the coordination of major ALANA programs and events. Outside of work, I enjoy concerts, Cirque du Soleil, traveling reading and spending time with family and friends.
Academic & Career Enrichment
I am Lauren, the new Academic and Career Enrichment Graduate Assistant. I will coordinating career and academic workshops, and compiling a database of internships and scholarships for students. Lauren is very excited about joining the ALANA team and working with Loyola’s student population. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Lauren has resided in Florida, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. She earned a B.S. in Graphic Design and Magazine Production from Florida A&M University. Later, Lauren worked at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newspaper as a copy editor and page designer. Recently, she received a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and is now pursuing a M.S. in Pastoral Counseling at Loyola University Maryland. When she is not consumed with graduate studies, she enjoys baking, board games, traveling, random trips to IKEA, and live concerts. A simple yet pleasurable evening for Lauren entails “catching up on my favorite television shows (Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, The Office, and Law & Order SVU),” curling up in her snuggie, and enjoying a bowl of Wegman’s gourmet ice cream.
Leadership Development & Cultural Programming
I am Krista, the Leadership Development and Cultural Programing Graduate Assistant. I will be working closely with student leaders on collaboration and leadership programs, as well as working directly with ALANA student organizations to coordinate heritage celebrations and manage other ALANA social events. I am a proud Baltimore native who has always aspired to positively impact the lives of children and young adults. I attended Baltimore City College High school, and then went to Howard University in Washington D.C. earning a degree in Human Development. You can catch me listening to anything from jazz to hip-hop to classical music. I also love to read, shop, play board games and learn about different cultures. Currently, I'm enrolled in the School of Education at Loyola studying School Counseling. Upon completing graduate school I would like to work with inner-city high school students in Baltimore and eventually become a college advisor.
Research & Retention
I, Mark Pierson, am the Research & Retention Graduate Assistant for ALANA Services and am excited to be a part of the ALANA Services staff. In this position my main responsibilities will include managing the ALANA Mentoring Program and conducting research to examine how ALANA Services can continue to best serve the ALANA student population on campus. I recently graduated with a Bachelor in Science in psychology from the University of North Texas (UNT) and am a first year graduate student at Loyola University Maryland. I am currently a candidate for the Masters in Science in counseling psychology (thesis track) degree and wish to pursue a Ph.D. in counseling psychology hereafter. I was born and raised in north Texas and just recently moved to Baltimore to begin my graduate studies. Upon graduation Mark plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Psychology.
ALANA Student Assistants
Left to right: Paolo Perez-Howard, Rayven Dave, Laurel Robbins, Thomas Anderson, Wyatt Hudzik, and Geraldine Gonzalez (GiGi)
Hometown: Sea Cliff, NY
Major: Business Marketing
Rayven Dave, '14
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Major: Undecided; interested in business or communications
Hobbies: Dance, cooking, hanging out with friends
Laurel Robbins, '14
Hometown: Hopewell, NJ
Major: Global Studies
Hobbies: Teaching Martial Arts, playing volleyball, going out with friends